Police Commissioner Frazier asks leaders of North Baltimore to aid in fighting crimes

February 06, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier told North Baltimore community leaders yesterday that he sees his agency as "changing from authoritarian to participatory" and invited them to help the department prevent and solve crimes.

Speaking to about 180 North Baltimore neighborhood leaders during a breakfast at the Scottish Rite Temple at Charles and 39th streets, Frazier said the city made 19,000 arrests last year on drug-related charges. The community could help improve the situation, he said.

"I was encouraged because the meeting was so well-attended," said Earleen Henderson, president of the Waverly Improvement Association. "It showed me the community is being invited to be involved with the Police Department."

The meeting was the first in a series planned this year with residents of the nine police districts. The next is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 8: 30 a.m. in the Eastern District, which includes Patterson Park and Highlandtown.

Frazier asked those attending yesterday's gathering to visit a Police Athletic League center to see how children and teens are being directed away from crime.

"Only 20 percent of what you'll see is sports-related," Frazier said.

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Pub Date: 2/06/99

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